I shared with you that I bought myself a whole bunch of soapmaking stuff for my birthday in January. Months went by and all that stuff just sat, as I was terrified of lye.
Proud to say, I am no longer.
*I* am a soapmaker now. A beginner at that, but I made soap that works. I've been using it for some time now and no one says I stink!
I've made 18 batches so far, from buttermilk from my Ophelia. There are so many fancy recipes out there, but I'm not looking to get all fancy. Well, at least not yet. I just want a good, basic soap with ingredients I can actually pronounce. I'd love to figure out a way to sell a little to pay for animal expenses. I have visions of offering a soap in bulk packages of 3 or 6 or 9 at affordable bulk rate. Homemade soap is certainly a treat worth splurging on, but many families would have a hard time switching from the soaps with a lot of ingredients to a more natural product just because of price. I'm hoping to offer the alternative to replace Ivory, Dial or Irish Sprint in the ordinary homes.
Until then, I will share my soapmaking station, process and product.
I must say I really like this thing...this milking the cow and turning her buttermilk into something worth using. Just one more thing I dreamed about that actually has come true. How fortunate am I?!